Ripped photograph of Trude Glaser (née Weinreich) with her parents Max and Josefa Weinreich, c. 1930s.

In Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, economic and political breakdown and the rise of extremist politics turned citizens into refugees. From 1933 onwards, Jews fled Nazi persecution in Germany and later Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. By 1946, war, genocide and forced population movements had created millions of refugees.

Around 80,000 Jewish refugees arrived to the UK between 1933 and 1945. Mapping Memories traces some of the journeys made by these refugees, focusing on ‘ordinary’ people. It explores British responses to these refugees, including governmental actions and the activities of community and voluntary organisations.

Mapping Memories draws from the Library’s Refugee Map, an online resource that traces refugee journeys using documents from The Wiener Holocaust Library’s unique collections. The documents on this resource and in this exhibition reveal and preserve the stories of the individuals and families that fled Nazi antisemitism and persecution in the years before, during and after the Second World War and the Holocaust.

This travelling exhibition consists of four, double-sided pop-up banners and is available to hire with a refundable deposit. The Library’s travelling exhibitions are easy to install and are designed especially for schools, organisations and institutions to educate and inform their own audiences regardless of space and budget.

Mapping Memories travelling exhibition
Mapping Memories travelling exhibition – Front
Mapping Memories travelling exhibition
Mapping Memories travelling exhibition – Back

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